CTD’s conferences and seminars bring together the parents and families of gifted children and empower parents with the knowledge and confidence necessary for meeting the needs of exceptional learners.
Join us on Saturdays during the fall, winter and spring for free seminars designed to guide parents of gifted children age 4 through grade 12. During these hour-long seminars, Northwestern University faculty and specialists in the field of gifted education share research and insights into the social-emotional and intellectual development of gifted students.
Sessions are open to all Chicagoland families and available in Chicago, Evanston, Naperville, and Palatine. No registration is required.
Each summer, Center for Talent Development (CTD) hosts a family conference featuring stimulating workshops and presentations designed to help gifted students and parents plan for the future. During CTD’s annual Opportunities for the Future Family Conference, adults enjoy the keynote address and subsequent sessions led by experts in gifted education. Students in grades 4 through 12 attend age-appropriate workshops, on a diverse range of topics, that provide new perspectives on current areas of study as well as future career opportunities. Children age 4 through grade 3 participate in supervised, hands-on architecture and construction activities, modeled on CTD’s Summer Leapfrog Program, while family members visit sessions.
The Opportunities for the Future Family Conference is held each June on Northwestern University's Evanston, Illinois campus.
CTD staff also share information on gifted education in presentations and at state gifted conferences, state award ceremonies, educational fairs, parent meetings and national educational conferences. Please check the CTD calendar for upcoming events.